How long do I have to wait before I can get hair transplant over a recently excised 0.6 cm pox scar in my cheek, in an attempt to cover the scar?
Hiding Scar Through Hair Transplant?
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Hiding scar through Hair Transplant
If this is in the area of your sideburn and the wound has healed, six months is an appropriate time to consider a transplant.
Hair Transplant Through Scar
A time frame of about 2-3 months should be enough to let the scar heal well enough to perform a hair transplant.
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Hair transplant can be done in scars as well as beards and moustaches
I would recommend waiting at least 6 weeks after your pox excision. This will allow the scar to heal and mature to pretty much its full strength. Also, if any infection would occur, the 2-4 week window is the usual time period for this. Hair transplants are great for scars, beards, and moustaches. So, barring any infection and wound healing problems, you should get a good result. Good luck!
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Transplanting hair into a scar
The transplanting of hair into a scar can be a quite effective way to help conceal it. I typically recommend waiting a minimum of 6 months before doing the procedure. If the scar is quite small, it is easier to obtain the grafts by the incisionless FUE technique, which avoids a linear donor site incision
Hair Transplants Over A Scar
Scar revision vs Hair transplantation on the face
Your best cosmetic results are likely to be with excision and direct closure of the scar which should leave you with a fine line, barely perceptible scar that shold be less noticeable than trying to place grafted hairs into a depressed scar.
Facial Hair Transplants
First I ask what your trying to camouflage? If it is the appearance of the scar it would be best to revise the incision. If there is a depression, use of a filler may be easier. Remember, if you do transplants it will be necessary to grow a beard, or you've wasted your time and money.
Revision is always possible
For hair growth on the cheek, I would suggest one of two options. First, grafting can be done though the take rate in areas of scar can be slightly less than the take rate in a 'virgin' area. At times, it is better to have the scar completely removed and meticulously repaired so that the bare area is no longer present. This is usually a better option for areas where a scar already exists in a hair bearing surface. In either case, I would only wait about a month before pursuing options.
Hiding the scar can be done any time
I assume you want hair in the graft. This can be done by excision or grafting. Usually, these areas of this size are excised rather than grafted to produce a better result.
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